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Carmarthen Town issue statement on Christian Doidge situation

Daggers have signed striker Christian Doidge on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Daggers have signed striker Christian Doidge on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, August 7, 2014
4:46 PM

Carmarthen Town chairman Jeff Thomas has issued a response to Dagenham & Redbridge following their decision to pull the plug on a deal for striker Christian Doidge.

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Daggers boss Wayne Burnett told the Post yesterday about their reasons behind pulling out of a potential deal for the striker, but Thomas spoke on behalf of the club when releasing the following statement:

“A formal written request was made by Dagenham, a Division 2 Club to allow Chris to go on trial with them, permission was granted on the basis that, should they wish to sign him, that I be informed in the first instance.

“Two days after the end of his week-long trial period I received a telephone call from an agent (not Dagenham) informing me that Dagenham would like to sign Chris, that no fee would be offered but that a sell on clause in favour of Carmarthen Town would be offered and the possibility of a fee being paid after the playing of an agreed number of matches.

“I asked that Carmarthen Town be informed by Dagenham as to the exact position, given that there was a need to “firm up” on the conversation with the agent. I fully expected a written communication on a business matter such as this.

“On the following Wednesday 6th August, four days after the trial period I noted a missed call and a text message asking me to contact the Dagenham manager - due to other commitments I was unable to do so for some hours.

“I returned the call and replied to the text message giving a time that I would be sure to be available to answer. No call was received and to date no formal written contact has been made by Dagenham.

“It is thus, with incredulity, that I understand that Dagenham have decided to withdraw an offer to Doidge as reported in their local paper on the basis that I had not answered any of their telephone calls.

“I emphasise only one such call was made and for them to withdraw their offer on only one such call smacks of a big brother syndrome and am disappointed at their attitude.

“However, the person I am most disappointed about is Christian Doidge - as a Club we pride ourselves in developing players to play at the highest level possible - and with this in mind have already arranged trials for him at a Championship and a Division 1 club. I fervently believe that he can play at such a level.”

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